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Atomic Accidents

A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters : From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
Mahaffey, James A. (Book - 2014)
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From the dozens of American bombs that went missing during the Cold War, to the misuse and misunderstanding of Rickover's nuclear submarine model, to full-scale meltdowns at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Mahaffey brings new insight into these catastrophes and reveals where scientists and engineers went wrong. A researcher and nuclear energy advocate describes a number of nuclear mishaps, analyzing what happened and why and explains how each of these accidents have furthered the study of the atom and nuclear energy.
Authors: Mahaffey, James A.
Title: Atomic accidents
a history of nuclear meltdowns and disasters : from the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition.
Characteristics: xxi, 442 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: A triumph of Soviet technology
Bill Crush and the hazards of steam under pressure
We discover fire
World War II, and danger beyond comprehension
A bit of trouble in the great white north
Birthing pains in Idaho
Making everything else seem insignificant in the UK
In nuclear research, even the goof-ups are fascinating
The atomic man and lessons in fuel processing
The military almost never lost a nuclear weapon
The China syndrome plays in Harrisburg and Pripyat
Tragedy at Fukushima Daiichi
Caught in the Rickover trap.
Summary: From the dozens of American bombs that went missing during the Cold War, to the misuse and misunderstanding of Rickover's nuclear submarine model, to full-scale meltdowns at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Mahaffey brings new insight into these catastrophes and reveals where scientists and engineers went wrong.
A researcher and nuclear energy advocate describes a number of nuclear mishaps, analyzing what happened and why and explains how each of these accidents have furthered the study of the atom and nuclear energy.
Local Note: 6 15 29 35 53 112 118 133 148 149 151 152 172 173 182 210 242 243 244 264 268
ISBN: 9781605984926
1605984922
Statement of Responsibility: James Mahaffey
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-432) and index.
Subject Headings: Disasters History. Nuclear accidents History.
Topical Term: Disasters
Nuclear accidents
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Mar 15, 2014
  • noluckboston rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, the author was very thorough with the details on this book. Nothing was skipped.

The first chapter is worth the book alone. It goes into the crazy antics people were using radioactive material at the dawn of the 19th century. The calamity that came about because they had not yet learned the dangers.
Such has drinking radioactive water!

Later Chapters deal with ww2, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and most recently Fukoshima.

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